With the World Cup getting underway, the Russian government announced it would raise the state pension age for men from 60 to 65 by 2028 and the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 by 2034, prompting allegations Moscow was trying to bury the story and shield Putin from responsibility. An article in The Independent notes Russia’s new retirement age for men would be just one year below the World Health Organization’s life expectancy for a Russian man — 66. According to the Russian trade union, the Confederation of Labor of Russia, the average life expectancy of men is less than 65 in more than 60 Russian regions. Additionally, it is estimated that about 40 percent of Russian men and 20 percent of Russian women may not live long enough to claim their pensions under the new system. Russia’s Federal Statistics Service, however, is projecting men’s life expectancy will reach 74 years by 2034.